Never Seen Before Twin Peaks Outtake With Hawk & Cooper: “Laura Palmer Didn’t Have To Die.”

Twin Peaks Outtake: It makes me mad
“Laura didn’t have to die. It’s wrong. It makes me mad.” —Dale Cooper

Enjoy this never seen before outtake from Twin Peaks “Episode 3” (aka “Rest In Pain”) written by Harley Peyton and directed by Tina Rathborne. Courtesy of Twin Peaks Archive, this is the very first take of scene #40 in which Special Agent Dale Cooper and Deputy Tommy ‘Hawk’ Hill discuss the death of Laura Palmer and the existence of the soul over a couple of beers at The Great Northern hotel. You’ll notice some new dialogue, which is highlighted in bold in the script below.

At the start of this outtake, before the director shouts “Action!”, we hear the crew cue Frank Sinatra‘s “Strangers In The Night” for the slow dancing extras. In the final montage, that song got replaced by the Twin Peaks Theme and the dialogue interspersed with cuts of a grieving Leland Palmer slowly making his way onto the dance floor. I’m sure you remember what happens right after this scene.

40. INT. GREAT NORTHERN BAR – NIGHT

A short time later. A sad song plays on a jukebox. Couples gather on the small dance floor, a few GUESTS mingle at the bar. Cooper and Hawk sit at small table near the fireplace. Their mood is quiet, contemplative. It’s been a long day.

COOPER

(after a beat) Did you know her, Hawk?

HAWK

Laura? Caught her speeding a couple times and let her talk me out of the ticket. That wasn’t hard.

COOPER

Laura Palmer didn’t have to die. It’s wrong. It makes me mad.

HAWK

Everything dies.

A beat. Cooper takes a pull from a longneck beer. He quietly wonders:

COOPER

Do you believe in the soul?

The question takes Hawk by surprise. He takes a closer look at Cooper.

HAWK

Several.

COOPER

(curious) More than one?

HAWK

Blackfeet legend. Waking souls that give life to the mind and body. A dream soul that wanders.

COOPER

Dream souls. Where do they wander?

HAWK

Faraway places. Anywhere U.S.A. The Land of the Dead.

COOPER

Is that where Laura is?

HAWK

Laura’s in the ground, Agent Cooper. That’s the only thing I’m sure of.

Cooper reacts, takes a closer look. Tommy ‘The Hawk’ Hill, agnostic Blackfoot. There’s more to him than meets the eye. A beat. Cooper lifts his glass into the air, proposes a toast:

COOPER

To Laura. Godspeed.

They touch glasses, toast. That’s when Cooper sees Leland Palmer stepping between tables to the dance floor.

Twin Peaks Outtake: Everything dies.
“Everything dies.” —Deputy Hawk

Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.

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  1. drinking beer? no. that’s why they changed it. i just watched the scene–around 41 minutes into the third episode–and NO beer bottles; shot from a height well above them, IF they were on the table. then, it moves into a demented leland palmer dancing. beer bottles are “dirty” and “bad”. this show was sterile and what we call “autistic” childish. it keeps itself in a position where smoking cigarettes is considered hardcore and stays that way. the beer bottles are what made me raise my eyebrow to begin with… no way. (i may sound harsh but you should understand that i know the TONE of the show VERY well).

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